The Fashion Industry and Eating Disorders: The Dangers of the Catwalk
The world of fashion models is attractive for everybody. For the average audience, a fashion model’s life is glamourous, elegant and enviable, and many young women aspire to follow such ideals. Today, in the age of modern information technologies, there are endless tools for communicating with the world related to fashion.
The daily lives of fashion models can be followed by the masses on social media platforms; they have become influencers, and millions follow the image they represent. However, in the background, there is stress and tension. The fashion industry creates fierce competition, and the models are under intense pressure concerning their body shape. Slimness is a fundamental requirement. This, in turn, leads to an increased risk of eating disorders: fashion models are more prone to develop anorexia or bulimia like symptoms.
The book investigates the role of the representatives of the fashion industry in the excessive ideal of slimness and in the enhanced risk of developing eating disorders. Ensuring the health of the models must be a fundamental aspect of the industry.
Nikolett Bogár graduated from Semmelweis University, Hungary, and is a pharmacist in the same city. Formerly, she was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, and won Elite Model Look Hungary in 2008, which launched her modeling career. In 2011, she started full-time modeling on the international market and worked for fashion houses such as Giorgio Armani, Chanel, and Dior amongst others. She quit modeling in 2013 and started further education. Her research interests focus on the sociocultural background of eating disorders, especially the role of the fashion industry in the maintenance of the slimness ideal. Several of her articles on this topic have been published.
Ferenc Túry, MD, PhD is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, and has been Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the Institute of Behavioral Sciences of Semmelweis University, Hungary, since 2001. He attended Debrecen Medical School and Kossuth University of Debrecen, Hungary. Between 2007 and 2016, he was the Chair of the Institute of Behavioural Sciences at Semmelweis, and his main fields of interest are psychosomatics, eating disorders, and family therapy. He has published more than 350 original papers, including 13 books.
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